By Steve Outing
The typical way that my business associates and I set up meetings is by flinging e-mail messages around. (“Let’s meet at Derek’s office at 10:30 tomorrow.” … “Got another meeting. How about 11:45?”) This old-fashioned technique usually works, but it’s messy and inefficient.
So, I’ve been experimenting with a new meeting-planning service called Skobee, and while I’m not yet convinced, it looks promising. With Skobee, you sign up for a free account, then use the service to propose a meeting plan and alert your friends. The plan can start out squishy (“Let’s go to lunch next week”) and then morph into something concrete through the Skobee-facilitated online conversation (“Noon at Turley’s on 28th Street”). Here’s an example of my business partner and I settling on a meeting time next week:
Skobee seems to be geared at organizing social events, and the company says “our goal is to grow Skobee into a place people turn to when looking for something to do.” I’ll probably try it out with a mountain-biking group I ride with. (When we’re planning a ride, the e-mails back and forth grow to absurd levels. Maybe Skobee will be better.) But I think it looks like a useful business tool, too.